Address forms and systems have been studied from the perspective of the ethnography of speaking, intercultural pragmatics, as well as from a typological viewpoint. In the present paper we will first contextualize the topic with regard to this general perspective. Secondly, we will outline major cultural and sociolinguistic factors taken into account when describing address forms and systems in Bantu languages. Thirdly, we will discuss evidence from Bantu languages of southern and--in more detail--eastern Africa. In order to systematically compare linguistic and extra-linguistic data from sample languages, we will inter alia refer to opening sequences in conversational encounters (e.g. in Kerewe), and we will pay attention to the encoding and culturally adequate use of formulaic expressions and address terms.
Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Context
edited by Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-453-9 library binding
xi + 337 pages
publication date: 2012
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA